LOS ANGELES -- With the 25th anniversary of his legendary home run for the Dodgers in the 1988 World Series just over a month away, D-backs manager Kirk Gibson met with the media at Dodger Stadium on Tuesday to discuss it.
The walk-off homer in Game 1 off A's closer Dennis Eckersley that helped the undermanned Dodgers go on to beat the A's in five games has earned a prominent place in both Dodgers history and that of Major League Baseball.
"For me, what I do now as a manager of the Diamondbacks, my motivation is to get back to that moment for somebody and to have them prepared for that moment and to be able to find their place in baseball history," Gibson said.
Gibson was decked out in a D-backs hat and warmup jacket while sitting front of a Dodgers backdrop. He was asked if he will always consider himself in some way a Dodger.
It was an intriguing question, given the bad blood between the two teams this year, which culminated with a nasty benches-clearing incident in June.
"Sure, have to be," Gibson said. "I mean, I don't think I'm very well liked right now by the team, but I understand that. We respect each other. It's competitive respect. They're fighting to beat us, we're fighting to beat them and that's the way it should be. You should have aggression towards each other, but yet in a competitive and respectful way."
Langwell looks to make impression with D-backs
LOS ANGELES -- Rookie right-hander Matt Langwell, who was acquired in August as part of the trade that sent outfielder Jason Kubel to Cleveland, made his D-backs debut on Monday night with 1 1/3 scoreless innings.
"I just wanted to go out there and attack the hitters and try to get ahead in the count," Langwell said. "It seemed like they were doing some damage behind in the count in the early part of the game, so I just wanted to go out there and pound the strike zone and try to get ahead of the hitters and make pitches from there."
Langwell, 27, appeared in five games for the Indians earlier this year and is hoping that a strong showing down the stretch could help put him in the D-backs' plans for 2014.
"Just the more times I can go out there and attack the zone and keep the team in the ballgame, no matter what the situation, I think it's only going to help me going into next year," Langwell said.
D-backs voice Schulte set for 2,500th game
LOS ANGELES -- D-backs radio voice Greg Schulte will broadcast his 2,500th game for the club Wednesday.
Schulte was hired by the D-backs prior to their inaugural season in 1998 and is the only member of the original broadcast team who has been on board since the beginning. Bob Brenly left the television booth after the 2000 season before returning this year.
Did he think back on Opening Day 1998 that he would get to broadcast 2,500 games?
"I wanted to, but I was taking it one game at a time back in 1998, and then one year at a time," Schulte said. "It's just kind of graduated."
Before joining the D-backs, Schulte was well-known in the Phoenix area as a broadcaster for the NBA's Phoenix Suns and Arizona State University.
"It was something I wanted to do since I was a kid," Schulte said. "I always wanted to be a big league baseball broadcaster. I grew up listening to Harry Carey and Jack Buck in St. Louis. To finally get that opportunity and to make it last now for 16 years is pretty special."
Steve Gilbert is a reporter for MLB.com. Read his blog, Inside the D-backs, and follow him on Twitter @SteveGilbertMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.